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Air Zoo to Debut Special Anniversary Exhibit, Memories & Milestones: 40 Years of the Air Zoo April 12

Portage, MI, April 9, 2019 – The Air Zoo proudly announces the grand opening of its next featured exhibit, Memories and Milestones: 40 Years of the Air Zoo, on Friday, April 12th at 9am. This exhibit is a celebration of the past 40 years of the Air Zoo’s commitment to sharing the wonders of aerospace and science with our community.


Air Zoo Exhibits and Collections Manager, April Bryan states “This is our first big in-house exhibit since I came on board at the Air Zoo.  I am so proud of the direction in which this has gone and of all the treasured memories and emotions that have been shared with our exhibit team during the development process. It is a living, breathing scrapbook and we can’t wait to share it with the public.”

Visitors will explore, decade by decade, as they discover some of the Air Zoo’s greatest highlights and accomplishments in aviation, airplane restoration, science education, innovation and aerospace artifact acquisition. Learn about the Air Zoo’s history, beginning with the day they opened the doors – November 18, 1979 to today, through the eyes of their dedicated staff and volunteers. The story wouldn’t be complete without stories and recollections from community members, aviation enthusiasts and generous Air Zoo donors, which have also been collected and incorporated throughout the exhibit, complimenting iconic images and artifacts from the past four decades.


“This exhibit reveals this organization’s strong foundation and remarkable growth. Our community will truly appreciate and identify with many facets of the Air Zoo’s incredible story. I am more excited to be a part of the upcoming decades than ever before” shares Air Zoo President & CEO, Troy Thrash.

As part of this interactive exhibit, the Air Zoo invites guests to share their own stories and memories of the Air Zoo - from their favorite artifacts to their most cherished memories. Visit the Air Zoo to experience this unique exhibit and add your story for all to see. The exhibit opens April 12th to the public and is included in general admission. As always, members can attend for free and are invited to a private member preview and celebration, Wednesday, April 10th.

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About the Air Zoo

Located at 6151 Portage Rd., Portage, MI 49002, the Air Zoo is a Smithsonian-affiliated aerospace & science experience with over 100 rare air & space craft, inspiring interactive exhibits, indoor amusement park rides, full-motion flight simulators, hands-on science-based education programs, and more.  The Air Zoo is a not-for-profit organization and is open 360+ days per year. For hours, tickets and info, visit


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